Our Story

As a former Royal Marine, Henry’s background combines an unquenchable thirst for travel and adventure with a solid, professional grounding in boating.

His years of working in wild and interesting locations with the United Nations provides a unique and rounded approach to how he explores the Norfolk coast, an area he was brought up in and has known all his life.

Henry’s rich experiences have included leading boating missions to negotiate with the White Army in the Sudd of South Sudan, camel operations in the Nuba Mountains and remote travel into the Afghan mountains to drink tea in order to facilitate humanitarian access.

After many enjoyable years abroad, Henry wanted to return home and be with his family, but still maintain an adventurous life based in Norfolk - the ideal solution was the Coastal Exploration Co!

In 2011 he started to source and refurbish three traditional Norfolk boats (Whelk, Crab and Mussel Falt) all requiring complete renovation; the wood work was completed locally, the sails hand made by North Sea Sails and the stringent safety standards had to be negotiated with the MCA to operate commercially.

He is now ready to further explore what he considers to be, ‘a magical corner of the world’ with you!


Our Films

CEC Full Film
Crabber 1 min Film


We love authentic, traditional clothing made of natural materials and believe through experience that they are some of best for the potentially harsh environment of the North Sea.

Our crew wear the Carrier Company's excellent thick cotton smocks as standard working clothing, similar to what the fisherman have worn for generations.

When you join us, we recommend layers of wool and or cotton with an outer water proof shell and of course a nice warm hat or sun hat for that occasional hot day!

Henry Chamberlian

Work Opportunities

Work with the Coastal Exploration Company

We are building a team of like-minded characters to work with us in a flexible manner during the summer months, we are looking for potential skippers, deck hands, wildlife and foraging experts:

  • Have an interest in traditional gaff and lug rigged wooden boats
  • Be prepared to run or swim out to the boats
  • Be open to foraging and coastal field craft
  • Enjoy engaging with a variety of people

Contact Us

Call Us

+44 (0) 7970 276 397

Working with

Purfleet Trust Grey Seal Coffee Red Letter Days Mission Performance Norfolk Gin Norfolk Wildlife Trust New Dawn Traders Norfolk Country Cottages